The prophet Isa Al Masih – Jesus – spoke of 2 different “gates” that people go through as they travel through life. He also spoke of 2 different “roads” people use as they are on their life journey:
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (The Injeel, The Good News of Matthew, chapter 7, verses 13-14).
King Sulaiman – son of King Dawud – wrote over 3,000 years ago:
“There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death” (Proverbs 14:12).
Below is a response to my last blog post by a reader named Steve which prompted me to write about the 2 “gates” & the 2 “roads”:
“Two belief systems – ‘good works’ and ‘grace’ – reminds of the two roads referred to by Isa Al Masih, one ‘broad’ and the other ‘narrow.’ The broad road seems intuitive and feels like the right path. It accommodates every ‘label’ under the good works belief system. We can fix our messes. We are good enough if we just work hard and check off all the requirements. But it’s end is bitter disappointment and destruction. The narrow road is humbling…and crazy. It is anything but intuitive or comfortable to our minds and pride. We are helpless. We can’t fix our messes. We can’t possibly work hard enough or check off all the requirements. We aren’t in CONTROL! To travel this road we are only asked to believe and trust in what someone else already did on our behalf. The crazy thing is that if we simply do that, we’ll find ourselves on the most glorious journey in all of life and eternity. He came down the ladder so that we might have life (not a checklist of requirements) and have it more abundantly. That’s the road I want to travel.”
What do you think of Steve’s comments?
Please listen to these additional statements by Isa from the Injeel:
“I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me” (The Injeel, The Good News of John, chapter 14, verse 6, The Message).
“Very truly I tell you. . .I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved” (The Injeel, The Good News of John, chapter 10, verses 7-9).
What do you think of the words of the prophet Isa about the narrow “gate” and the narrow “road” (sometimes called the narrow path)?
How do we go through that “gate”?
How can we get on that “road” – that narrow path – to Paradise?